Welcome to this preliminary web site

For more than a century, the analysis of large numbers of liturgical manuscripts, involving sorting, counting and comparing their contents in several ways, has always been part of the ongoing research into the origin and transmission of the repertoire.

Over the last few years, the use of computers has made a lot of this work much less cumbersome, provided the information about the manuscripts and the repertoire is already available in computer-readable form. Fortunately, several projects, such as CANTUS and LMLO, have been dedicated to this.

Over the last few years we have been developing some software in order to facilitate the selection and analysis of information from these computer chant projects. These programs were originally written for private use, but as they might be useful for others as well, we are glad to publish them. Because (in their latest incarnation) they run inside a web server, anyone with Internet access can use them.

Please read the Explanation to this website carefully, and read the explanation we added to each script. Please feel free to contact ikedl@knoware.nl when you have a question.

CANTUS analysis

Primarily, our work covers CANTUS. A Database for Latin Ecclesiastical Chant. Indices of chants in selected manuscripts and early printed sources of the liturgical Office, at present housed at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. We have prepared three scripts with which one can analyse and cross-reference the CANTUS files in a quick and convenient way.

CANTUS analysis

LMLO search

We have also prepared a script that searches and presents on-screen a number of electronic files from the Texts database in Late Medieval Liturgical Offices , developed by Andrew Hughes (Faculty of Music and Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto). To interpret the results of these searches, users will require the printed volume of LMLO: Texts (Subsidia Mediaevalia 23; Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1994) which, in addition to a detailed description of the project, also contains the necessary lists of sigla and abbreviations, as well as data and other software.

LMLO search

Please keep in mind that this web site is only preliminary!

Utrecht (NL), August 1999 / December 2001
Hans Lub - Ike de Loos

Last change: za 21 juli 2007